How should I do a book report?How should I do a book report?

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alohaspirit eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Well I would assume that there is certain criteria for your book report and directions you need to follow.  I would ask this question again by being more specific so that you can get even a better response.  In general though:

1.) Take notes from the book about main ideas, perspectives, summarize chapters.

2.) Create an outline for your book report, what you need to include in each paragraph.

3.) Make sure you have a introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion.

4.) Make sure you are fulfilling the objective of the book report, so if you are unclear of what that is, then ask your teacher.  None of the editors on here can tell you what that objective would be, since we did not assign that book report to you.

5.) Proofread and edit your work, I would show it to different teachers, or parents to make sure you have it the way you want it, and its free of grammatical errors.

dalepowell1962 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Most instructors give specific instructions for what they want in a book report so you should always look to these first.  If you do not have specific instructions, clearly state the title and author of your book and tell when it was written.  From here, tell the type of book it it historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction, realistic fiction, or some other type?  Tell about the setting of the book (where and when the sory takes place) and discuss the significant characters.

Give a brief summary of the book telling the elements that necessary to the plot.  Finally, list the theme or "greater meaning" to the book.  In other words, what point is the author trying to make.

This is a very general outline for a book report.



marilynn07 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The above are all very good suggestions. I would begin a book report with the bibliographic information: author's name, title of the book, year written and publisher.  I would then give a brief summary consisting of about a paragraph outlining the plot of the book.

Now comes the tricky part.  Did your instructor give you specific instructions regarding character analysis, theme, plot, or setting?  If not, you may want to focus on something of particular interest to you in one of the above mentioned areas.  Always be sure that you answer the questions your instructor has asked of you when completing a book report.

Good luck!

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In addition to the good suggestions already given, you may also wish to cite a key scene that which illustrates well the theme or another element important to the narrative such as character development. Doing this adds interest to your report and demonstrates that you have, indeed, done a close reading of this book. 

Perhaps, too, you may wish to evaluate the book.  That is, express the merit of this work as compared to another by the same author or one of the same type as yours.

Refer to enotes "how-to" topics for more help.  See the cite listed below.

krishna-agrawala | Student

Suggestions in all the above posts are useful. However I would like to discuss another aspect f book report. What should be the objective of a book report? In other words, in what way the reader will find the report useful. I believe the following is a good set of objectives for a book report.

  1. Give a summarised gist of of the contents of the book, If it is some kind of a story, perhaps it would not be wise to disclose the complete plot. In this Case the right thing will be to give idea about general feeling that are created by the characters and events. For other types of books actual summary of the main points made in the books should be given.
  2. Provide information as well as your own views about the book that will enable the reader of the report to judge the value of the book to him and take decision on reading it in full.
  3. Provide a critical evaluation of views expressed in the book.
  4. Provide guidance on where additional information about the books may be obtained.
  5. Provide some information on background of authors of the book. This also has an impact on assessment of the book itself.
kc4u | Student

All bibliographical details should come first--the name of the author, the title, the name of the publishing house, the place & the year of publication, and the price. Then you must furnish a brief & a bit critical synopsis of the book. In the final section of your report, try to comment briefly upon the merits of the book as well as its demerits, if any. Don't forget to give some impressions of your close reading of the text. Your basic task is to make the book familiar with the readers.

epollock | Student

Do a book report in the same way that you would write an essay, but substitute evidence from the book as your support for the paper.